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Apollo 11’s F-1 Rocket Discovered On The Ocean Floor

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apollo 11The only things I’ve ever gotten from the bottom of an ocean are leg wounds from being whisked along jagged rocks. Amazon CEO and mega-bazillionaire Jeff Bezos and his company, Bezos Expeditions, have confirmed via press release that the rocket engine parts found at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean are indeed the same ones that came from the Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket that made history in 1969. Well, I guess the astronauts aboard the shuttle were actually the ones to make history, but that’s splitting hairs.

Back in March, the Expedition team recovered a sizable number of wrecked and warped pieces from two F-1 engines that were known to be from one of NASA‘s heyday missions. At the time it couldn’t be determined which one they were from, given they sat three miles beneath the surface of the ocean for over forty years. After some restoration efforts, the pieces were scanned with a black light and special lens filter, and that’s when they found what they were hoping for: the number 2044 stenciled into the side of a thrust chamber. 2044 is the Rocketdyne serial number that matches up with NASA’s serial number 6044, which is the very same one that corresponds to F-1 Engine #5 from the Apollo 11 mission.

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F-1 Apollo Mission Engines Recovered From Ocean Floor

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From the farthest reaches of manned space exploration to deep below the ocean’s surface, a soon-to-be restored pair of F-1 engines used in the Apollo space program represent one of the more incredible recoveries of the modern era. Wait…wait a minute…what are all these claw marks?!?

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Man Attempting To Raise Apollo 11’s Rocket Engines From The Bottom Of The Atlantic

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If you were a billionaire, what would you do with that money? Most of us would say something like, “Pay off my student loans” or “buy a fancy car” or maybe “travel the world.” But not Jeff Bezos. Bezos, billionaire entrepreneur and Amazon CEO, is spending his own money excavating the long lost F-1 engines that were used to propel the Apollo 11 mission into space, a mission that eventually took the first humans to the moon.

Bezos posted a letter to readers on his own site, BezosExpeditions.com, explaining his love for space exploration and science, stemming from the very mission he’s hoping to resurrect from the depths. At age 5, he watched the launch and moon landing on television, and from then on he was hooked. Now at age 48, he’s spending part of his $18.4 billion fortune to bring a part of his childhood back into the world.